Queen's Bath Trail

MODERATE 77 reviews

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

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

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

beach

views

waterfall

rocky

scramble

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".

1 day ago

Easy! And breathtaking!!

hiking
14 days ago

This was well worth the wait for parking. Entrance is through a neighborhood and the trail is well marked. Very cool viewing.

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walking
1 month ago

I hiked to Queens bath a couple times when we were there in March of 2005. Seeing it on a windy and wild day to me is when you want to be there. The waves crashing against the shoreline is awesome. The spray goes way up and you can get drenched if you're close enough. Not a long hike down at all, but well worth it if the ocean has some major rollers coming in, which it did both days I went.

hiking
1 month ago

Large northern Kauai swells make it tough to reach Queens Bath during the winter months. However, beautiful hike down to the rocks and watching the waves crash is incredible.

2 months ago

2 months ago

Very beautiful and breathtaking. A short hike and a definitely a place you should visit if in the area.

2 months ago

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3 months ago

beautiful, be cautious when going out during the winter season

hiking
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hiking
5 months 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.

5 months ago

5 months ago

Beautiful in winter while water is rushing in!

hiking
5 months 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
5 months 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
5 months ago