Hike the Block U

Hike the U

The Block U, as it is properly called stands on the hill above the University of Utah campus. Houses have encroached on the U since it became the 2nd block letter built in the US and the first in Utah in 1907.


Now you park in a neighborhood and take a short walk through a few backyards (not really, there is a path) to reach the sidewalk below the U. There are signs that say to stay off the grass, and climbing up to the U is being discouraged, but you can get within 35 yards of it and still be on the pavement.

There’s no parking at the end of a dead end street, so park further down and walk up this path over to the U. 
Hike the U
It’s paved the whole way, so strollers and wheelchairs are welcome!

The U was reconstructed in 2006, and currently has lights embedded in the concrete so that it can be lit for special events.

There is a sign asking that no one hike up to the U as they are trying to reclaim the area with grass. We were a little disappointed, but you can still get pretty close! This sign talks about the Block U and how it was the first letter in Utah.


To access the U, you need to get to 1300 East. You can take Foothill Drive and it turns into 1300 E, or you can come up from 600 S and turn onto 1300 E. Head north on 1300 E to South Temple. Go East on South Temple and turn left (north) onto Virginia Street. Turn Right on Chandler St. Turn Right on Tomahawk Dr. The trailhead is on this road at the dead end.

Leave a Reply

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Sharelle Silveira

    How LONG is the U hike?

    1. Natalie Ockey

      I don’t know the distance because it is so short. It takes about 5 minutes to walk to the U and back.