Sequoia is neat not only because it contains all five vowels, but it's got some spectacular scenery, immaculate asphalt (below 4000 feet at least), and thanks to neighboring Yosemite and a park-wide speed limit of only 25mph, reasonable auto traffic.
I averaged just below 9mph from Three Rivers to the Wuxahatchie Lodge, but a good portion of it was in the shade:
I've ridden up here many times before on motorcycles, so I knew what to expect, but this first time on a bicycle was special. It's really tragic that almost everyrone flies through this place at 25mph. It's a road that needs to be sipped, sucked & savored. Also, you can stop your bicycle anywhere you like for pictures, stretching out, idylls, whatever...
We were passed by about two dozen cars on the way up, but we passed 11 of them on the way back down, despite stopping for pictures.
Three Rivers starts at about 1100 feet and the highpoint is about 7100 feet. I intend to go there again in September or October (when all the kids are back in school) on a weekday. The steepest point was only about 8 or 9% and it was a serious blast to bomb back down through those corners.
Peace & safe riding!
P.S. I forgot to mention: there's a $10 fee (per bicycle) to enter the park! (Sorry for failing to mention this before!)