Ok, so last time when I checked for road closures, I missed the important one. This time, I know the road will be open. I haven't decided on the old trail or the new trail, but interested parties can make suggestions. So the trailhead start time will be 9:00am so we can after it and be back in time for other life activities.
Also I'm bringing a beer to the top to put in the mailbox for a future hiker :-)