Thanks for all the replies. I would up trying Mount Gould, up the Kearsarge pass trail to Kearsarge pass, then scramble up to Gould summit ridge and climbed several of the false summits. I studied the true summit tower for 20 minutes or so, scrambling around the base, looking at each route and did not find anything that looked reasonably safe for me, so I skipped it. It appeared beyond hairy in my book. I descended in to the Golden Trout Lake basin, breaking several of my cardinal rules for hiking (namely do not hike off trail in a region I am not familiar with, alone.). I never really found the real trail, guessed wrong on several herd path options, almost got caught on several spots where every down hill option involved going over a cliff or reclimbing several hundred feet, but eventually found a route down. In retrospect University peak was not going to happen, the off trail travel (ie, scree slogs) was 2-3X more difficult then traveling on the excellent trails out there. Since I spooked by Gould, I assume Dragon would be way out of my league.
The John Muir trail went very well. Forester pass was predictably the hardest day, having most of the week's food still in the pack and being relatively unacclimatized. Mt Whitney went well, summitted around dawn from Lakes above Guitar Lake. We had a big T-storm the previous afternoon but had already set up camp so that was more interesting then bad. ~2" hail accumulation. Also a good test for my new tent which did extremely well. Unfortunately I know many were trapped on Whitney for that storm, but as far as I know everyone made it our safe that day.
Perhaps my favorite day was a rest day after Forester where we did a short day hike to Tawny Point & Bighorn plateau.
Thanks again for the input.