Queen's Bath Trail

EASY 42 reviews
Princeville, Hawaii
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 52 feet Out & Back

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beach

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waterfall

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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


3 days ago

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


4 days ago

hiking

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


16 days ago

hiking

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!


30 days ago


1 month ago

hiking

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.


1 month ago

hiking

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.


2 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!


2 months ago

Great hike but not easy at all! Especially if you're with older folk. It's very muddy so flip flops are not a wise choice. Wear hiking shoes!


2 months ago


2 months ago

Meh.


2 months ago

hiking

Hiking down was bit tough because the muddy and slippery trail but what a spectacular view.


2 months ago

Great destination hike. Very short and I recommend water shoes. Went for a swim - that was great. Be sure to have a spotter to keep watch for large swells.


2 months ago

hiking

We were in a bit of a rush to get to an appointment for our anniversary but wanted to get one more hike in; so glad we did! This is a slippery trail, we were part of the few not covered in mud, with gorgeous views! It is a MUST see on the garden island. We miss it so much already!


3 months ago

What a great place for memories we saw 19 sea turtles. Cliff jumping for all levels even my 9 year old jumped in about 12 times and loved it. Hike was easy except muddy and slippery occasionally.


3 months ago

Muddy and Beautiful!


3 months ago

hiking


4 months ago

No no no. Dangerous dangerous dangerous. People are swept out to sea all the time by rogue waves. You can see them until it's too late. So many other good hikes on island besides this one.


4 months ago

Short trail and very dangerous. The surf is very unpredictable. At the time we were there (March 2016) the surf was huge. Waves crashing above the rocks. Beautiful scenery. Be careful.


5 months ago

walking


9 months ago

hiking

Such a short trail to an amazing spot. Half of the trail was on dirt, the other was across the lava rocks right on the coast. The parking sucks although if you hang out for 5-10 minutes, someone is usually on their way back out as people only tend to stay for 10-15 minutes...enough time to swim in the "bath" and take some pictures. Was also a great spot to see sea-turtles.