The road to this trailhead is closed because of a huge washout. This will add 1.5-2 miles of additional hiking each way. Looks like this road will be closed for a while.
Today we attempted to find the road to the trailhead, and found out that Forest Service Road 2722 is still washed out. A creek is actually running where the road once was, and a bridge was built over this creek in the summer of 2010, according to someone we talked to at the ranger station.
You can park in the pullout area on the right immediately after the first bridge on Forest Service Road 410 (about a mile after you have branched right). We were told that from there you can follow the creek the 1.5 to 2 miles to the 972 trailhead (we saw a few markings but couldn't see where they led). It looks like pretty heavy bushwacking up to the trailhead, but should be better from there up to Verdun Creek.