The hike down to Queen's Bath was more muddy and treacherous than I had anticipated. Once I got... read more
Here's my honest opinion: it's worth the hike, any time of the year, and not a great spot to swim, anytime. Rain, anytime of year, will make it slippery. If you can, go a few hours after rain. If it doesn't rain overnight... More
Here's my honest opinion: it's worth the hike, any time of the year, and not a great spot to swim, anytime. Rain, anytime of year, will make it slippery. If you can, go a few hours after rain. If it doesn't rain overnight, go in the morning. VERY limited parking. People wait in cars for 30-60 minutes when busy for one of the limited spots. Instead, park nearby and walk in 5-10 minutes. Besides, it's a nice walk. To be safe, where shoes. Just know they will likely be caked with mud when done. Flip flops are NOT a good idea. For many, even bare feet are better than most sandals. But it is do-able. Go slow. Follow the route. Stick to the rocks, hold the guide ropes, and you, like 99% of everyone, will be fine. Teens will make it down in 5-10 minutes. Seniors in 30 minutes. For me, it's a short high, with amazing scenics and views. I've done it a few times. I like the ponds and water falls as you get to the bottom. and hiking across the rocks when down by "the bath" . As for swimming, I'm a strong swimmer, and honestly, I've never gone in the water there. There are so many better, and safer spots to swim. The waves and currents roll in and out of that point there, and cause the water to rise and fall rapidly (hence "timing" when you go in. Instead, drive two minutes down the road or walk 10-15 minutes, and hang out at the beach at the St. Regis Hotel. The public is allowed. It's clean and safe. Beautiful people there. And access to buying cold drinks at the poolside bar. Hope this helps!