If your family is looking for an outing that is more of a true hike than a walk through the woods, this is the trail for you! To access the trailhead, turn on the dirt road directly across from Diamond Ridge Rd. on the Sterling Highway, north of Homer. Follow the bumpy, one-lane road for about a mile and you will come to a parking area at the trailhead. Go at low tide to maximize the adventure!
This hike follows a cliff along Diamond Creek all the way down to the beach. You will want to have enough adults to hold the hands of the younger kids (probably 7 and under-this is why I gave this hike 4 stars rather than 5) to ensure that everyone is safe on the way down.
Upon reaching the beach, you will find the creek spilling down a small waterfall and into the ocean. There are several fire pits and even a makeshift driftwood hut to explore. On a clear day you will have a fabulous view of the mountains and volcanoes in the distance.
Keep in mind that the whole hike back to the car is uphill. You will want to allow about twice as much time to make the return trip as it took to get to the beach. This is a well-traveled trail, so you will most likely cross paths with other hikers. That said, the beach feels incredibly private and is very peaceful.