Queen's Bath Trail

MODERATE 168 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".

hiking
8 days ago

Easy hike with stunning vistas and a refreshing swim.

hiking
16 days 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 :)

17 days ago

Amazing, great hike down and up.

hiking
24 days 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.

30 days ago

Slippery!! But worth it

1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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!

1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month 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
1 month ago

Nice views!

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 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.

2 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.

3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

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

3 months ago

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

3 months ago

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

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