Queen's Bath Trail

MODERATE 218 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

muddy

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".

hiking
2 days ago

I would call this trail moderately easy. Not steep in any particular spot - the most difficulty we faced was finding good footing in the mud, deep foot impressions and exposed tree roots. Once at the shoreline, the rock scramble is mostly simple with lots of dry and flat topped stones. Queen’s Bath is the third “pool” along the way, and is not open to the ocean during low tide - that is the recommended time to visit if you plan to swim. Be mindful of the surf AT ALL TIMES as being swept away by rogue waves is a very real danger. Otherwise, a great visit with beautiful views. Keep your eyes out for green sea turtles and they love to dine on the shoreline rocks.

hiking
10 days ago

This trail is extremely muddy and the number of people on it made it difficult to maneuver. I saw a girl completely bust her tail in this one slippery area and get mud all over her. There were people doing this trail in flip flops which I highly recommend you DONT do; they will slide off your feet and you will end up having to take them off. Hiking sandals, hiking boots, or tennis shoes are the way to go. It takes a while to get down the trail because of the mud but it’s a pretty scenic hike with small waterfalls on the way. Once you make it down, there is lots to explore. If you cross the stream and go to the right, there are less people since the pools and bay are in the other direction, but we saw a lot of turtles swimming in the water and got some great photos. FYI parking is VERY limited. We parked at the golf course and walked over.

12 days ago

Pros: sea turtles (!), beautiful view

Cons: limited parking (we ended up walking when we couldn’t find parking), very crowded, slippery.

We were glad to make the trip because the view was great and there were so many sea turtles swimming around, but it was incredibly crowded. If you dig the crowds and cliff jumping into ocean surf, it’s a great space. Just be sure to mind the tide and stay safe.

hiking
12 days ago

It was muddy but that was part of the fun! Wear water shoes or hiking sandals! I had my Columbia hiking sandals and managed to make it down fine, however, I saw many people go down with sandals and ended up losing them a third way down.

End Result. I was not impressed the by the “Queens Bath”. It could be my perspective but the water looked super dirty. Maybe try going in the morning before you swim in everyone’s urine 

13 days ago

Very muddy at the moment, but worth it. The bath is nice and refreshing. Saw a couple of sea turtles as well.

hiking
13 days ago

* A very fun trail to hike!

* Extremely muddy and lots of fun

* You won’t be disappointed

* About 0.5 miles total

hiking
16 days ago

moBot as muddy as the reviews make it out to be. Great swimming and exploring but parking is a pain.

hiking
18 days ago

So fun! Definitely family friendly! We had a group of 12, aged 2.5 to 71! Don’t go if you hate fun or mud. You can not complete this with out getting muddy, but it’s a great view, and a lot of laughs. The trail is pretty busy during the low tide hours, which is when you should go to experience the Queens Bath best. But the Aloha spirit is strong, as complete strangers help each other navigate a giant mud slip and slide! Just do it. Pay attention to the tide schedule if you like to swim in the bath, and don’t turn your back on the surf if your out exploring on the rocks!

19 days ago

Fairly straightforward hike but very muddy. The Bath's are worth seeing, and we saw a couple of sea turtles as well.

20 days ago

Great hike! A little muddy and it hasn't rained for a few days. Would be a little rough right after or during a rain.

hiking
20 days ago

Seriously do not understand how people can give this place less than 5 stars! Seems to me that the rather majority of bad reviews are from rather older people that don't get the full experience and focus on the hike. Yes, there is nothing glamorous about the 0.5 mile muddy hike. My friends and I, all consisting from the ages of 18-20 hiked this very short hike in about 45 minutes. I would recommend going barefoot on the muddy trail in the foresty part, and then put on some shoes when you get to the rocks. When you get to the end, you will think you see Queensbath, but there are so many pools, I honestly have no idea which one was the one! Make sure you go down the entire coast. There are many pools, there are calm ones! Crystal clear water. You can jump into them with ease. This place is truly magical! Just be careful and cautious. Definitely something out of this world. I would recommend going very early around 7 or 8 am to get a parking spot, as there are only 10 spots. We found a spot with ease. If you come after that, you will struggle finding a spot. Also, check when the tide is low. I forgot what website I used, but just google Kauai low tide time and you'll find it. When I went, the low tides were at 5 am and 5 pm. But they change all the time.

hiking
22 days ago

Extremely muddy and slippery, took forever. People with water shoes seemed best equipped, I had good sandles and had to go barefoot. Parking was a joke, but luckily plenty of parking at the golf course a quarter mile away. Bath was beautiful but tons of young kids, felt like a backyard pool party and I wasn't invited. Pass.

22 days ago

Good for young people. Muddy and steepy. You can jump into bath and be happy :)

23 days ago

The trail itself was a little rough. The first half is very muddy and lacks some sure footing in places. But you get past that fairly quickly and the end result is very worth it. The view at the end is incredible. Queen’s Bath itself is very neat as well. We started hiking around 5:00 pm and thought it was the perfect time. Fun to be there as the sun is beginning to set. The sign at the beginning of the hike might scare you off, but we felt very safe the whole time. Just be aware and you’ll be fine.

25 days ago

Very muddy entire trail it had been raining. Wearing water shoes seemed best. The waterfalls you see along the way were very nice. The queens bath itself seemed low when we went and didn't even go down into water since too many people have been swept out to sea in the past. A hiking stick was very helpful.

hiking
27 days ago

We were disappointed. The trail itself was ok, a little steep in some places and muddy after the rain. The bath was very crowded and kind of felt like we walked in on a party! We would try again in the morning before crowds get there next time!

hiking
29 days ago

The hike was pretty muddy, but it made the payoff of the queen’s bath all the more worth it. Due to the mud and slippery path down (and up on the way back) many people with children had to turn back around. The queen’s bath is beautiful, but as others have said... be careful and monitor the tides. There have been many deaths there.

29 days ago

Amazing view and cool hidden swimming place.

hiking
1 month ago

This one was a surprise- I thought we would spend 20 minutes there and we stayed for hours. Parking situation was pretty bad. We just had to wait in a car line in the lot for someone to leave so we could have their spot and people were kinda cut throat. Totally worth the wait! We found a little cove with a tide pool (totally safe because it was blocked off sorta...we weren't in tide pools right next to the open ocean) and we got to watch fish swim around from a few feet away. We noticed some people swimming and a jump off spot into a tide pool close to the open ocean. Looked awesome but also a little scary when really big waves came in. They are not kidding about huge waves coming out of nowhere very unexpectedly and catching people off guard. There was a sign with tick marks for the number of people who had died there this year. Caution definitely needed. Very beautiful! Probably not super kid friendly because its so rocky and was slippery on the way down due to mud.

walking
1 month ago

Steep in places. Lots of exposed roots and uneven terrain. This could be a problem for some folks that aren’t confident on moderate trail hikes. The actual bath is really fun and refreshing.

1 month ago

I would say not kid friendly, beautiful views and super slippery. Use common sense and go slow. Cherish the moments of each view. Keep in mind waves can come up at any time. So far 29 lives drowned and lost. Also keep in mind rocks are slippery, wear appropriate shoes!

1 month ago

It was super muddy on the way down and people were just simply not prepared (like wearing white pants and flip flops). We wore tevas, used a hiking stick, and walked slowly and intentionally and were fine. The water was absolutely gorgeous and we had such a nice time swimming. Get there very early if you want to get a spot, we saw lots of hecticness on our way out including a car accident. I will also say, saw multiple families with children who were not prepared for how how muddy, slippery, and steep this path is right now, including numerous kids having melt downs about being scared, etc. please be cautious and know that the hike down can be stressful with the slipping factor. Still incredible though.

1 month ago

got there right after the flooding....very muddy but worth it. your shoes will be forever brown but your sole will be pure

hiking
1 month ago

Slightly slippery to get down to the water, but the walk along the rocky shoreline is easy with good footwear. Beautiful way to watch the waves crash along the shore and fun to see the Queens Bath (while we didn’t swim in it, it looked safe enough during low tide.)

1 month ago

The beginning is really muddy, once you are at the bottom at seashore its full of lava rocks which. The queen's bath is worth the hike, just becareful with the waves.

1 month ago

Short trip but can get VERY muddy!

walking
2 months ago

fun, short trip. definitely got a lot of rain in the last storm so the beginning was super muddy. would recommend closed toed shoes rather than flip flops. saw a number of others turn around because of footwear.

walking
2 months 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.

2 months ago

Nice and muddy!

hiking
3 months 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!

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