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Queen's Bath Trail is a 0.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips.

Length 0.8 mi Elevation gain 98 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Nature trips

Paddle sports

River

Views

Wildlife

Muddy

Rocky

Scramble

No dogs

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Getting There

*NOTE* Pay attention to safety warnings at the trailhead! This is a dangerous area and many people have been killed, injured, or needed rescue. If the gates are closed - do not enter. This area can be extremely dangerous. Even just standing in the area is dangerous, as you can get swept out to sea. The gates are closed when the area is expecting high surf - do not go around the gates! Be aware of the surf and avoid this area if the waves are large. Look at the surf report before visiting and pay special attention to wave height. Unfortunately, people have drowned here, and those who have been rescued have been held liable for the fees associated. 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. During the winter when wave activity is violent, it is considered dangerous. In the summer sometimes the surf is small enough to go swimming in the pool. 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".

Park on the road - there is actually a small 4 car parking lot on the cul-de-sac; be courteous as this is a residential / resort area.

Princeville at Hanalei 5-3900 Kuhio Highway Princeville, HI 96722-3040 Website: www.Princeville.com E-mail: Info@princeviile.com Princeville @ Hanalei Directory Princeville Realty: (808) 826-3040 Prince Golf Course: (808) 826-5001 St. Regis Princeville Resort: (808) 826-9644 The Westin Ocean Resort Villas: (808) 827-8808 Princeville Ranch: (808) 826-7669

Take Highway 56 to Princeville. Turn right on Ka Haku Road. Turn right on Punahele and right again on Kapiolani. Park along the road at the end of Kapiolani and follow the dirt trail downhill along the stream to the rocky cliffs. At the end of the dirt trail turn left for about walking across the flat volcanic rock to the Bath.

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Caleb Jorgensen
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Lindsay F
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Hiking

No longer closed!!! Gate was open when we hiked yesterday. Second time doing it and still as great as the first. Also very busy. We hiked down in slippers which wasn’t too bad. Bring your swimsuit!

Lori Priscilla
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Closed due to state park closures

Kasey Bury
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Hiking

Locals put up makeshift signs and cones to deter visitors. Go anyway, it’s awesome. The gate is locked but go around to the right of it. Awesome views

Kelsey F.
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G&J Hartman
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Muddy and slick but worth the views!

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Richard Bennion
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HikingMuddy

So muddy. Took flip flops off for the first part of hike and then put them on once we got onto the lava rock. The queens bath was fun as always.

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Barry N
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I walked down three days ago after consistent showers. The trail was officially closed but everyone just ignored the locked gate and walked around the fence. The trail was very muddy and difficult to negotiate. A lot of people had reverted to bare feet to cope with the mud. The destination was disappointing. I expected something more interesting. I explored the rocks in both directions but didn’t find anything of real interest. Yesterday I walked down to the nearby Sealodge beach and it was delightful. The trail was easy and the destination was so much more interesting than Queen’s Bath with a beautiful little beach and lagoon.

Ryan Grove
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Brad Romney
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Muddy. Well worth it.

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Patrick Richards
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Catherine Meyers
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Hiking boots are definitely a good idea. It can be muddy and slippery. But it’s worth it!

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Richard Cook
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Muddy and fun!! I hiked barefoot which was a challenge but it added to the experience. If you keep walking along the coast past Queens Bath, maybe 50 yards, there is an additional tide pool. It also has a rock to jump off of. Requires more precision but safe.

Douglas Sears
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not a long hike but so different than any we've ever done. The payoff .. soaking in Queen's Bath was awesome. You must be extremely aware of weather and tide/wave conditions during any visit

Tom Egan
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Patrick Muller
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Nice little hike down to the cliffs immediately above the water/waves. Slight mud and expansive tree roots make it slightly challenging but able to do this hike in closed heel sandals. Swells were fairly high and access to Queens Bath unsafe. Cool photo opportunity, though.

Laurie Denning
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Come prepared for this muddy steep trail covered in roots, but it’s a pretty short hike to an amazing sight. Queen’s Bath is worth it! We went when there was a high surf warning and the waves were incredible, at least 20 feet or more! Nature put on a majestic show. Be very very careful and stay back from the waves. We saw several hikers get unexpectedly wet from the super high surf.

C C.
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closed trail- definitely a risk. steep and muddy trail. many have died here by swimming or getting too close to the edge. waves are very unpredictable. locals are very vocal about shutting this access down. also very limited parking- if you do not get a spot and try to park on the street, you will be ticketed. we did this a year ago and admired the view from a safe distance back from the shoreline. i would not go again now since the gate is closed out of respect and safety.

Heather R.
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Gate is closed, but there is an entrance just at end of fence. Saw a few other people hiking as well. Moderately muddy- highly suggest hiking shoes. Cool spot but nothing incredible compared to the rest of the island. Didn't go in the water because I was alone and waves were big, but a fun and quick excursion.

Alisha Chiasson
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Closed. Gate locked.

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