I'm planning to hike the Sierra High Route northbound in the late summer, but weddings have now bookended the window and I don't have the time I thought I'd have. So, I'm looking to shave a few days off the route.
I'm already planning on ending at Tuolumne meadow--I'll be swapping hiking partners at Red's Meadow, and my second-stage partner doesn't want to go farther than the fifty miles to Tuolumne. I ought to shave 30 miles off the southern leg--I could get away with cutting 20 but it would be pushing my limits, and I'd conversely rather not leave off more than that. So, I'm looking for suggestions of alternative start points or routes that get me to Red's Meadow generally along the SHR or on similar terrain in about 90 miles. Alternatively, if there's another way to do a 140 mile segment broken into 90 and 50 mile chunks (northbound or southbound), that would work too.
As a related question, I have Skurka's map set and I'm reading Roper, but I haven't figured anything out about permits yet. Obviously the permit question will in part depend on where exactly I'm going, but I'd appreciate any explanation of how permitting works.