Queen's Bath Trail

EASY 55 reviews

Queen's Bath Trail is a 0.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Princeville, HI that features a waterfall. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

0.6 miles 133 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

beach

views

waterfall

rocky

scramble

Short hike to a jumping and swimming spot with great views of volcanic cliffs, waterfalls and the Hawaiian surf. Short hike from a residential area to great views of volcanic cliffs, waterfalls and the Hawaiian surf. Take your swimsuit, you can easily jump off the sides into the pool and you can rest next to the ocean if the surf is not too rough. The Queen's Bath is a unique tidal pool on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. The pool is a sinkhole surrounded by igneous rock and located on the north shore of Kauai near Princeville. The swimming area is accessible via a short trail. During the winter when wave activity is violent, it is considered dangerous. In small surfusually in the summerthe water in the pool is calm and makes a great place to chill. Small fish and tiny sea life also live in the tide pool, such as Hawaiian sea urchins, Angelfish and the small critter locals call "Ghost fish." The original "Queen's Bath" was located in Kalapana on the Big Island of Hawaii. It was formed after a lava tube collapsed and filled with fresh water supplied by natural springs. In ancient times only the Alii (Royalty) were permitted entry to the sacred waters. In 1983 Kilauea Volcano erupted and in 1987 the original site was destroyed by lava flow. Only after the original site on the Big Island of Hawaii was destroyed did the location on Kauai become better known as "Queen's Bath." This tidal pool was used for what it sounds like; it was a royal bathing place. It was also used as a place of relaxation when an Alii needed to "wash off the stress". Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen's_Bath

hiking
17 days ago

A really diamond in the rough trail you wouldn't expect to find in the middle of subdivision-like setting. The trail head doesn't look like much, it's essentially a few parking spaces with a trail sign across from sidewalks and houses. Once you descend onto the trail though the landscape quickly goes from urban landscape to untamed Kauai.

This trails is a mild, easier walk to a breathtaking view of the Queen's Bath (with a small waterfall in at middle of the trail). The short half-mile, 10 minute or so hike leads you to the coast and the stretch of inlets carved out by the waves crashing into the land. When you get to the coast, the actual Queen's Bath inlet itself is located to the left around the bend of rocks a ways back. These are pretty easy to navigate but be careful if its high tide because they will get wet and slippery! Be very aware of what the tide is doing and how far it is coming up as even the farther back rocks can get pelted with rough water.

Once you get to the Queen's Bath it's easy to see how many lives are lost swimming here. The inlet can be calm and quiet for long stretches of time when out of the blue a large wave (or several waves) will totally crash into the Bath. There's a plaque at the end of the trail showing how many lives have been claimed here but for some thrill seekers the temptation is too much to pass up. You do you and be cautious and careful of the ocean tides.

22 days ago

Beautiful in winter while water is rushing in!

hiking
24 days ago

This was a quick and relatively easy hike. The trail could be slippery if you are not wearing appropriate footwear. We saw a lot of people slipping around in flip flops. Sneakers are the smarter choice for sure. The surf is powerful along the shore during the winter months and WILL break along the rocks that form the trail to the bath. Use your best judgment, and don't be foolish. The ocean is a lot stronger than you are.

walking
1 month ago

Awesome! Not the best for unfit or unbalanced folk and would never call this easy... More moderate. But the payoff and views were amazing. Taking my wife in a couple days, she'll love it!

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike beautiful coastline, round trip 1-+ mile done in an hour

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike must see views, but don't get in pool unless you have the boots to climb down and up at the rear of pool

hiking
1 month ago

The trail is cool however it is not easy especially if you might have any knee or back problems. I'm not sure why it is rated as easy, but it definitely worth checking out if you are able to get around some challenges. It is rocky, slippery and an uneven pathway. I did wear flip floppish sandals and felt uncomfortable in mine.

hiking
1 month ago

Trail is quite muddy and slippery. The views and the waterfall at the bottom are well worth it.

2 months ago

We expected more of a walk than a hike and it was for the most part. Wear decent shoes. I wore chacos and they were perfect. It gets slippery and muddy. But the gorgeous waterfalls and scenery took us by surprise! Easy little jaunt to the ocean, but gorgeous!

hiking
2 months ago

This hiking trail is not easy. There is climbing involved and you will get very dirty if it has rained. Be prepared by bringing a towel and large bottle of water to wipe down. Bring shoes that you don't care about because it will be full of mud afterwords. Insect repellent is a good idea as well. Beautiful waterfalls and queens bath is breathtaking. Be cautious to see if it is hide tide, do not get to close to the edge as the water conditions change rapidly.

hiking
2 months ago

3 months ago

Wear running shoes with good tread. Will get a little muddy. Awesome tidal pools to swim! Very beautiful.

hiking
3 months ago

Relatively easy hike but really muddy. Slippery at times and required some tricky footing. Otherwise, is a cool spot to chill and swim.

hiking
3 months ago

The earlier the better. The trail was very busy by late morning which increases the size of the mud puddles. Be prepared to be in mud up to your ankles in sections. It is worth it. And mud washes away!

4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Worth the trip but not easy due to steepness of trail and mud. It can be very slippery. Wear sturdy shoes. Depending on weather hike back up is easier than slippy slide down.

hiking
5 months ago

It was pretty easy, yes there is mud and a lot of broken flip flops left behind. Wear shoes and be cautious of your steps.

5 months ago

Good but not easy like the description. Don't wear flip flops as it's very muddy and if you're older bring walking sticks!