Elevation: 3,240 ft
This peak is not in the book.
Initial Point is a small volcanic remnant that rises roughly 350 feet out of the Snake River Plain, 8 miles south of Kuna, Idaho. The butte is famous because it was the starting point for the first government survey of Idaho. Hence the name “Initial Point.” The first survey was under the direction of Lafeyette Cartee. USGS Initial Point
While this volcanic butte is not very impressive today, geologists believe that 1.3 million years ago, lava pouring from it was sufficient to dam up the Snake River and change its course.
Follow Swan Falls Road south from Kuna for roughly 7.8 miles until you see the BLM sign pointing you to the very obvious butte. A gravel then 4WD road leads to its summit, where you will find an observation deck and a survey marker. To make the ascent a little more sporting, I turned off the Swan Falls Road, parked and rode my mountain bike to the top in 1.25 miles.
Regions: SNAKE RIVER PLAIN
Mountain Range: Snake River Plain
Longitude: -116.3939 Latitude: 43.3720