Elevation: 3,240 ft
Initial Point is a small volcanic rememnant that rises roughly 350 feet out of the Snake River Plain eight miles south of Kuna, Idaho. The butte is famous because it was the staring point for the first government survey of Idaho, thus, the name “initial Point.” The first survey was under the direction of Lafeyette Cartee.
While this volcanic butte is not very impressive today, geologist 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 and then 4WD road leads to its summit where you will find an observation deck and 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.
USGS Initial Point
Regions: SNAKE RIVER PLAIN
Mountain Range: Snake River Plain
Longitude: -116.3939 Latitude: 43.3720