This is one of Homer's top hikes. It starts on top of Baycrest Hill, crosses Diamond Ridge Road, then follows Crossman Ridge to the Bridge Creek Reservoir. Throughout, it rolls through forests, meadows and over streams. The area is excellent for birding and catching a glimpse at the occasional moose. It also offers panoramic views of Cook Inlet and Kachemak Bay.
You can also access the Homestead Trail where the trail crosses Diamond Ridge Road at Rucksack. Get here by following West Hill Road to the Diamond Ridge intersection and turning left. Continue for two miles and the trail takes off in either direction.
After Diamond Ridge Rd, the trail drops into Bridge Creek Drainage. After crossing the creek it then climbs up to follow Crossman Ridge Rd before dropping down to the Bridge Creek Reservoir and trailhead.