Queen's Bath Trail is a 0.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Princeville, Hawaii that offers scenic views and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking.

DISTANCE
0.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
98 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

walking

beach

views

muddy

rocky

scramble

no dogs

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 TOO DANGEROUS - do NOT go around the gates! You put yourself and emergency personnel at risk when you attempt this hike unsafely. *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 need to be rescued will be responsible for the fees associated.* 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 surf usually in the summer the 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
7 days ago

Excellent views and swimming hole. Be aware of tides and waves. The first couple hundred feet of the trail is steep, muddy and may be hard for younger or older to make. Trail is short though, I wouldn’t mark as hard, just need to be cautious.

16 days ago

Trail closed most likely due to people not understanding the dangers of the area. Wave height is not the same thing as tide. People are so misinformed judging by the reviews. Knowing how to accurately read the surf report is so critical to enjoying this spot safely. Being here on an incoming large swell is the absolute sketchiest time. If you don’t understand that, you have no business visiting Queens Bath.

hiking
17 days ago

This was minutes from where are staying, so it was a must see. After speaking to a local neighbor, saying it was closed but most people just go around the fence we decided to take the chance. We hiked down the muddy trail, it was moderate in my opinion. It was NOT high tide when we went in the morning. We stayed away from the edges and paid attention to the waves. It was definitely a site to see but we would much rather see it in the summer when it’s calm and an actual “bath”. I highly recommended checking the weather and surf conditions along with using caution and common sense here. Happy hiking!

18 days ago

Trail closed - cops writing trespassing tickets when we came!

19 days ago

We did this in early October. Going down was EXTREMELY difficult much easier to climb out for sure. The water falls and views were amazing. We started hiking down at about 7am and had the whole area to ourselves and watched the surf come in. By the time we left it was getting pretty busy. So sad to read of the loss of life a few weeks ago. Super scary. Self awareness is HUGE whenever you're in, neat or around the ocean especially in the Winter!!

23 days ago

It’s now closed off fully fenced and locked off, the fence was being redone as we hiked down. When we came out it was finished and we were told it will be closed until next year. Very messy hike down, clay type mud all over our hands and feet. I didn’t think it was anything special once we got down. I bet summer low tide is way more beautiful and usable. The tide was pretty low when we went, but ocean still pretty violent. we didn’t venture close to the edges due to the many lives lost here doing so. A girl was killed a few weeks ago and they still have not found her body. After going I can see how misleading the danger is... the tide was low and no huge waves where coming over when we went. But from everything I’ve read, the waves can come out of nowhere. Running from one once you notice it is near impossible if on outer edge. We didn’t stay long or I’m sure we would of seen some big waves. I would recommend going in summer when it’s not so dangerous and you can actually use it (swim).

26 days ago

Locked but we did see a couple people jump the fence. Be careful.

29 days ago

Loved it!!

1 month ago

I gave this trail a 4 because while it was beautiful , I noticed people are complete idiots. (Went May 2018) Very unsafe area and tons of reckless behavior . People jumping off rocks and diving head first. Watch your kids, watch your loved ones if you do this.

1 month ago

Muddy with rain, almost died 2 times

1 month ago

12/5/2018 - girl swept from rocks and died while taking a photo.

The county has installed a fence and gate and monitors the opening and closing of it DAILY, WHEN IT IS CLOSED, IT IS CLOSED FOR A REASON. When it is closed it is because we are in a period of large, unpredictable surf. LULLS AS LONG AS THIRTY MINUTES CAN OCCUR BEFORE SERIES OF BIG WAVES COME, SEEMINGLY OUT OF NOWHERE, AND CAN EASILY CATCH YOU OFF YOUR GUARD. THE MULTIPLE DROWNINGS AT THIS SPOT ARE NOT BECAUSE PEOPLE WERE SWIMMING. THEY WERE SWEPT FROM THE ROCKS WHEN BIG WAVES CAME AS THEY WERE ATTEMPTING TO TAKE PHOTOS.

MAKING A CHOICE TO DISRESPECT AND DISREGARD THESE WARNINGS PUTS YOU AND OUR TINY ISLAND COMMUNITY’S FIRST RESPONDERS IN SERIOUS DANGER. The group that lost their friend/girlfriend that day, left the parking lot as 4 and hiked out as 3. Please let that sink in. It CAN happen to you.

1 month ago

Young life lost the day we were planning to visit. Not worth it, at least in the winter when the tide is high and extremely dangerous. Be smart and be safe if you do hike it. Never turn your back to the ocean.

surfing
1 month ago

DO NOT GO HERE! You will put your life and those of our brave first responders at risk! A 23 yr old died here yesterday. There have been so many deaths. Why would you go? Irresponsible for this site to even allow it to be listed.

1 month ago

Don’t mess around here this time of year! A 23 year old girl was swept off the trail out to sea and killed here yesterday and they have yet to find her body. DO NOT ATTEMPT WHEN SURF IS HIGH!!!

1 month ago

This is a great trail with a great destination, but....the day I hiked in (20 mins down on a very slippery down hill trail) I was chased out by fire and rescue swimmers who were there to recover a body. So no joke, when the surf is high this can be a very dangerous place. Waves can reach the “top shelf” of the beach rocks. Use your discretion!! Easier climbing out than descending. Have fun, be safe.

hiking
1 month ago

Years ago I brought my daughter to Kauai and we made a cute video for her elementary school, featuring the famed, Flat Stanley. We took the little guy on an adventure to the Queens Bath, so on this trip, my wife and I wanted to relive the previous trip. After trudging through the muddy jungle bush, we made it to the lava-rock coastline. The waves were enormous and the Queens Bath looked more like a cauldron than a tepid pool. Little did we know, that as the beachgoers left, the lifeguards closed the beach at the trailhead. Before we knew it, we were the only one’s watching the turbulent ocean show. It was amazing to have this whole stretch of splendor all to ourselves.

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2 months ago

It’s a short hike but with all that mud and roots, feels like much more! Fun challenge, even when unprepared. The bath at the bottom is worth the struggle of getting there. DEFINITELY recommend grabbing a walking stick. Little known secret, there is a spot adjacent to the entrance of the trail up top that has ropes tied to trees that you can rappel down the side of the mountain in about half the time. There is a sign saying not to use that route but... that’s up to you. Overall a fun adventure- just be prepared to get dirty!

hiking
2 months ago

USE A WALKING STICK! I don’t know how people did it without one. Super muddy. Super slick. But WORTH IT IN THE END!!

2 months ago

Awesome site to come play in.

hiking
2 months ago

Very slippery, prepare to get muddy!

2 months ago

cool short trail down muddy, slippery root filled trail. maybe challenging for those concerned about trips n falls or uncomfortable with unsure footing. found it easier to walk in pot hole puddles on way down, although some are almost knee deep. way up was able to rock n root hop pretty easily. coast n breaking waves very scenic and easy to scramble left at bottom a short ways to queens bath, but too high surf to swim. although I'm tourist, several tourists made me nervous for them as they wandered out to edge of breaking waves for a picture. several waves breaking could easily have swept them out had they watched the spot they were posing for a few minutes.

nature trips
2 months ago

Great hike with my 12 and 9 year olds.

2 months ago

Nice payoff at the end! Wish we could have gone swimming but with two little kiddos it didn’t seem prudent. Beautiful though and we saw sea turtles.

Trail is definitely slick and messy! My 7 and 5 year olds are experienced hikers but it was challenging at points for them.

Snapped this pic of a fellow hiker (bearded brunette with red pack) and forgot to tell
Him! Will post here!

2 months ago

Can’t wait to get back when there are lower tides. The trail can be slick but just be careful

walking
3 months ago

This is not a strenuous trail. Little children go up and down it in flip- flops. When muddy, the first portion can be slick, but it is brief. Once at the bottom, just follow the rust- colored trail on the black stones to the bath. The pool is about 10 feet deep under the jumping rock that is about 6 feet high. If the surf is up, be smart and stay away, otherwise, enjoy a dip in the protected water.

hiking
3 months ago

Absolutely breathtaking views, and the pool at the end makes the very difficult trek worth it. The first half is extremely muddy and slick. It’s not maintained and while lots of people of all ages and ability make the trek, its not for those just looking for a simple nature hike. But once you get half way, the trail opens up to the coast and things become much easier.

Pay attention to the surf report, and take the first half slowly and you’ll be well rewarded.

Loved the hike and be sure to swim in the second water area!! Went there the first time and didn’t know!!

hiking
3 months ago

Awesome hike and swimming pools at the end! Great waterfalls as well!

3 months ago

It was really calming and a treacherous walk... but worth it 100%

hiking
3 months ago

Extremely muddy and slippery - just plan to get muddy and get it over with early on! Only difficult due to the mud and slipping. On a dry day it would be moderate.

Once you reach the main bath go a little further and there is another bath. We had it all to ourselves for about 30 minutes.

Refreshing ending to a difficult (slippery) hike by taking a dip in the bath, enjoying the rugged waves crashing while taking in the view.

Highly recommended.

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