United Empire Trail is a steep trail that follows along the Bear River then climbs to a viewpoint (1 km) overlooking the Bear River Valley and Stewart. The steep rough trail continues beyond the viewpoint, climbing to the site of the old United Empire mine at 4.3 km, then onto the Bear River ridge and alpine (7.3 km). The trail beyond the viewpoint is recommended for experienced hikers only and should not be attempted until at least late June.
Access: The trailhead begins off of Highway 37A, across from the B.C. Ministry of Highways service yard, in the town of Stewart.