The Willow Creek Sled Trail, also known as the Herning Trail, was established in the early 1900s as a supply route from Knik to the mining claims along Willow Creek. The "Herning Trail Committee," whoever that is, has put together an interesting website with a bit of trail history and some excerpts from the index of Orville Herning's diary (housed at the UAF Archives). Link HERE. There is a nice big wooden sign along the trail with some history of the trail on it. The Herning Trail is used today by mushers and snowmachiners to access the Talkeetna mountains. This was my first time up the trail in the daylight (!) This was Jackie's first camping trip, so we traveled only a couple hours up the trail, not quite out of the treeline. We took a break for snacks, rest and coffee before we turned around. Lovely to be able to mush into the mountains from home!