Queen's Bath Trail

MODERATE 192 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
1 hour 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.

12 days 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!

14 days 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.

14 days 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
24 days 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.)

25 days 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.

26 days ago

Short trip but can get VERY muddy!

walking
27 days 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
1 month 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.

1 month ago

Nice and muddy!

hiking
2 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!

hiking
2 months 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.

2 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

Easy hike with stunning vistas and a refreshing swim.

hiking
3 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 :)

3 months ago

Amazing, great hike down and up.

hiking
3 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.

3 months ago

Slippery!! But worth it

3 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
4 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
4 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!

4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 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
4 months ago

Nice views!

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

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

hiking
5 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.

5 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.

5 months ago

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

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