Nounou-West Trail

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Address 1050 Kamalu Rd, Kapaa, HI 96746
Moderately difficult hike up the west side of Sleeping Giant Mountain.

Features
• General: Cost: Free • General: Photo Opportunity
• Hiking: Dogs Allowed • Hiking: Hiking
• Hiking: Length: 1-2 Miles • Hiking: Level: Moderate
• Hiking: Major Elevation Changes • Hiking: Out & Back Trail
• Sightseeing: Great Views

Matt Anderson's Take
The Nounou-West Trail is a 1.5 mile long (each way), out and back style hiking trail in the Kapaa area of Kaua'i.


The trail is considered to be a moderately difficult hike by most with an overall elevation gain of 800 feet. Novice hikers may consider this hike to be a bit more difficult because of those elevation gains. If the trail is wet you'll want to skip this one entirely.


Getting here is easy, see our map / directions page which will take you to the trailhead which is right off of the street. It's easy to spot right next to a utility pole and includes a right of way access point right next to some houses. Be sure to respect the locals and keep quiet as you pass through this area.


Note that there is no dedicated parking lot for this trail so you'll need to find some legal street parking if you aren't getting dropped off. If you are being dropped off you'll have the option of being picked up in the same spot or on the other side by the trailhead for the Nounou-East Trail / Sleeping Giant Trail which connects to the Nounou-West Trail near the top.


The hike will take you through the Nonou Forest Reserve and up near the top of Sleeping Giant - Nounou Mountain, where you'll get some amazing views of Kaua'i. So why is the mountain called Sleeping Giant Mountain? Because it looks sort of like a giant who is laying down.


When the Nounou-West Trail ends, you can stop and turn around or continue up a bit further along the Nounou-East Trail / Sleeping Giant Trail which will end after another 1/2 mile or so (the end will be marked with a sign). Another trail that connects around the area where the Nounou-West Trail ends is the Kuamo'o Nounou Trail.


Bring a camera and be ready to grab some amazing views of the island and ocean. Just don't forget to read Hiking Safety & Essentials before heading out.
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