Road 2703 was open all the way to the end for our hike (10-04-13). How long it will stay open is unknown, but for now, it makes for a quick trip to the summit. If you drive to the end of FR2703, then turn around and drive back about 1000', you will notice a trail that will lead to the Circle Peak trail in a few hundred feet. This eliminates the requirement to bushwhack through wet brush to get on the trail.
"So I was sitting in my cubicle today, and I realized, ever since I started working, every single day of my life has been worse than the day before it. So that means that every single day that you see me, that's on the worst day of my life."
--Peter Gibbons (Office Space)