The drive time is a deciding factor for me also.
This last weekend drove 3 hours to William Penn shelter on the AT ( PA Rt645 ) to meet up with other HF hangers.
It was worth it to meet and laugh around the campfire with others.
Yet . . . less drive . . . more hike is the ideal.
Have not talked to my hiking partner about this hike yet. We are trying to go out once a month.
We are doing AT section hiking and have done this part.
My hiking partner, BobO, sometime objects to covering the same ground.
He has lots of 'old time trail experience', at 77, but can use some modern influences.
We hope to meet up with you in the CT section in June.
With all of that said : I like the idea of meeting up with you for this hike.
Will get back to you.
PS : My husband and I hiked up to West Mt as a Memorial Hike, when my 93yr old Mother died peacefully in old age last July.
A beautifully fitting hike in her memory.