Parks and Recreation, Department of
(California Department of Parks and Recreation)
Three Senses Trail Rehabilitation Project
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Rehabilitate the Three Senses Trail at Calaveras Big Trees State Park to connect the existing Outdoor Recreational Access Route from the new Visitor Center directly to the Three Senses Trail and provide an improved interpretive experience to visually impaired persons. Work will: establish a new trailhead; remove one 3' DBH downed dead tree and lightly brush a 110' alignment to allow connection from the existing North Grove Trail; from the new trailhead, excavate up to 5" deep to construct 110' x 6' of new turnpike trail with two 40' sections of Humboldt crossings, finished with 3" of Terra Paving product; excavate existing three sense trail loop alignment up to 5" deep by 6' wide and construct 667' of log turn piking and edge with 4" x 6" cedar logs secured down with 5/8" rebar pinning; retain all spoils within the park; install geotexile fabric with drain rock and Terra Pave or equivalent for a firm and stable surface; retain two existing 10'W x 20'L turn outs; install 667' of fencing consisting of 60-8"x8" posts with 1 1/2" diameter rope guide through the posts; construct a 15'; x 6'W cedar log boardwalk at the 325' mark on the trail with an 8'x12' overlook; construct two new drain crossings at 133' and 420' in from trail head; install three new benches at the 225 ft, 380 ft and 420 ft points along trail; attach 14 new 11"x17" braile interpretive panels with tactile elements to existing fence posts; and remove and rehabilitate original three senses trail trailhead and initial 37' of the original trail by covering with Pine needles and native material.
The project consists of the minor alteration of an existing public facility involving negligible or no expansion of use beyond current levels; the construction and location of limited numbers of new, small facilities or structures and the minor public alteration in the condition of land, water, and/or vegetation which doesn't involve the removal of healthy, mature, scenic trees and is included as modifications of existing facilities for disabled access, interpretive signing or panels, fencing, signs, trail construction or realignment, and trail removal, in Parks and Rec's list of exempt activities, in accordance with CCR15300.4.