Mt. Barcroft - via the White Mountain Trail is a 5.7 mile loop trail located near Bishop, California and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Amazing views of the Sierras and White Mountain, moonscape Matt and I did this hike to help us acclimatize for Whitney. It is a short 6 miler with relatively minimal elevation gain at altitude. It involves some easy off-trail scrambling and a peak with nearly unsurpassed views in all of the White Mountains. You get incredible vistas of White Mountain and the Sierras, plus you have to hike a bit off-trail to reach the 13,040' summit. The next time I go back up White Mountain, I will do this as a side trip. It takes you only 3/4 of a mile off the main trail/road to the top. This is a great side venture, or an adventurous quest for the less adventurous. It also serves as a nice warm-up for Whitney.