Summary: 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.
Trailhead: Drive north on the 395 to Big Pine. Turn east onto the 168 (signs for Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest) and follow it for 20 some miles into Westgard Pass. Take the turnoff for the ABPF and follow the road past Schulman Grove. It turns to gravel/dirt and while a high clearance isn't a necessity, the sixteen miles might seem like a million in a low to the ground passenger car. Follow the road to White Mountain and park at the locked gate.
Here you follow the road up to White Mountain, and when you get past the observatory head off trail to the top of Barcroft. It is an easy scramble to the top, and you can find the easiest route for yourself. For the return, you can trace your route back to the observatory or head towards the road off trail to make it a loop. (Lat:37.58219 Lon:-118.24823)
Trail Guides for Mt. Barcroft - via the White Mountain Trail:
by Tom Sinestra and Ann Marie Brown (Avalon Travel)
Best Seasons: Fall, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: White Mountain Ranger Station (760) 873-2500
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Allen Riedel, who has posted 123 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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