California State Parks announced this week that work to rehabilitate the Three Senses Trail, often called the “Braille Trail,” at Calaveras Big Trees State Park is underway.

The project is a partnership between California State Parks, the Arnold Lions Club and the Calaveras Big Trees Association.

Improvements will include a wider trail with compacted fill base that will stand up to the area’s harsh winters, new benches and viewing platforms, new interpretive signs and a revised trail guide.

The trail was originally commissioned in 1976 to serve the blind and visually impaired. The full rehabilitation should be completed by early 2019 when a “touching garden” is completed. Guided tours will start next year.

Principal funding for the project was provided by the Lions Clubs International Foundation and the District 4-A1 Lions Club, grants from the Calaveras Community Foundation and Sierra Pacific Industries, and community contributions.