Queen's Bath Trail

MODERATE 176 reviews

Queen's Bath Trail is a 0.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Princeville, Hawaii that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
0.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
52 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

beach

views

waterfall

wildlife

rocky

scramble

no dogs

Be aware of the tides and avoid this area if the waves make it dangerous. This is a short hike to a jumping and swimming spot with 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".

walking
13 days ago

Really popular, but for a reason! If you are into long exposure photography, I had a blast shooting the crashing waves during high tide for hours. If you do this, be CAREFUL of how crazy the tide is. Use your best judgement of how close you should be.

23 days ago

Nice and muddy!

hiking
1 month ago

This would have been an easy trail is it wasn’t so muddy and slippery. It last rained two days ago, so there were dry spots, but some of the slippery spots were really dangerous. The views are beautiful once you get there, but still be careful on the rocks. There is also a waterfall that is pretty. Several baths but only one that you can swim in. And if the tide is rough, this could be super dangerous. The trail does start with a sign that reads “Many people have died here.” And more. Could be a great experience, but I was too nervous after reading that!

hiking
1 month ago

It hasn’t rained much before we went but it was still SUPER muddy and slippery. I wore flip-flops but ended up doing the hike barefoot until we got to the lava rocks, it was to slippery to be in flip-flops. Beautiful view once you got down to the rocks. The bath seemed calm enough for me to jump in and swim around for awhile. Every few minutes a huge wave would crash over into the baths, it was a lot of fun and a great easy hike (besides how slippery it was). My wife is 22 weeks pregnant and had no problem at all.

1 month ago

Trail was muddy, but not difficult by any means. Views are well worth the trip.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy hike with stunning vistas and a refreshing swim.

hiking
2 months ago

It had rained all last week so the trail was super muddy and slippery, but manageable. Definitely take one of the walking sticks that are piled up at the trailhead. Once you make it down to the lava rock it’s super easy to get to the rock pool. Water was warm and swimming was nice :)

2 months ago

Amazing, great hike down and up.

hiking
2 months ago

Muddy, but easy trail to amazing Queen’s bath. Make sure to go only during low tide.
Also, the bath is AFTER you reach the float belts.

2 months ago

Slippery!! But worth it

2 months ago

Went after rain, so it was very slippery on the way down to the Rocky shore. I wore Trax and had a walking stick, so not bad. Saw people walking with skimpy footwear who did seem to be okay, but was happy for mine. The lava rocks on the beach we're fine. The swimming bath was beautiful with some waves coming in during this high wave alert time. Still seems safe if you keep your eyes open. All in all, fun and beautiful. Water colors lovely!

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful and short hike! The parking is very limited due to the entrance being in a neighborhood. You can only park at the designated parking area. At the entrance there are some walking sticks (branches) that previous hikers left behind. They’re useful if there’s it has rained recently. The hike itself is muddy (especially after rain) and bumpy so it’s best to wear boots. I wore Tevas the first time and almost slipped a few times. Overall, a short and sweet hike which took about 15 min to get to Queen’s Bath.

hiking
3 months ago

I think this is a must see and experience!! Beautiful views, and you can really see the power of the waves as they crash into the side of the cliff. Last time I made this trek, it was 18 years ago with my husband, and we just went again with our two kids, 8 and 13. The youngest is not an outdoorsy dude, but he really enjoyed it. We all entered Queen’s Bath, which was super fun. The water is a comfortable temperature. It’s helpful to use poles, otherwise there is a stash of walking sticks near the entrance that hikers share, but I was fine without them. Always enter with caution!

3 months ago

Beautiful views, very short, wonderful hike for kids and families.

hiking
3 months ago

A great adventure with stunning views of a beautiful, savage ocean! Very muddy, prepare to get dirty!

hiking
3 months ago

Very muddy on the day we went but definitely worth the hike. View at the end of breathtaking. We only went as far as the bath because the waves were coming up, and made a hastily retreat when they REALLY came up.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice views!

hiking
3 months ago

Short hike, would have been fun to swim if ocean wasn’t so rough. High surf. Still worth the hike!

hiking
4 months ago

It was pretty muddy and slippery but worth it! Great little trek down and back.

hiking
4 months ago

Spectacular views and crashing waves along the rocky coast...up close! Slippery and muddy trail but doable. Quick hike that was perfect a couple hours before sunset.

4 months ago

If you’re going in the winter it is incredibly muddy and slippery so I would suggest hiking sandals or going barefoot. Go all the way down the lava rock to see the queens bath fully. Caution : Extremely dangerous native wild fowl. Bring bird seed to distract during getaway.

4 months ago

Great view of the surf crashing on the rocks.
Muddy trail.

hiking
5 months ago

Très courte descente au bord du pacifique pour se baigner dans Queen Bath: agréable!
Attention ça glisse....

5 months ago

Super muddy don’t attempt in flip flops! Worth the mud to see the beautiful rocks and water.

5 months ago

Short muddy trail. Very cool place but too rough to swim today

hiking
6 months ago

Honestly, worth it. Bring your hiking shoes, it’s SUPER muddy at the beginning. Watch out for slippery rocks when you get closer to the Queen’s Bath.

6 months ago

Trail was very slick and muddy but worth it to see the views

6 months ago

Kinda cool. We hiked 20 miles before going to queens bath and this is the only place my wife took a digger. Slippery going down the hill and the place was packed the time we got there. Tough to park and tough to swim with everyone in the way. Decent...wouldn't do it again

6 months ago

Fairly easy trail with a great reward in the end. Shawn and I hiked passed the beautiful Queens bath, and the pool everyone was swimming at. We had our very own hidden small pool of bliss. Clear warm water, fairly secluded and beautiful fish. We planned it just 30 min after high tide and it was perfect and not too crowded. Enjoy!

6 months ago

Beautiful

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