Thanks, Greg, and ditto to Bradford's comments.
Fellow Sierra hikers should consider doing loop hikes including segments of the SHR. I completed one hiking north out of Tuolumne. (somewhere I posted a report here, I think)
For first timers on the SHR, as I was, I would suggest to plan for extra time, meaning more time than you would normally plan for a hike all on trails. Progress can be slow, because you often have to watch steps carefully, or bushwack. The terrain just dictates slower going. Note Greg's photo of the west side of Blue Lake Pass. The rewards are well worth the effort, but my daughter and I were both relieved when we got back on a trail. I cannot imagine any place more beautiful to hike than the Sierras!