Yeah, they are a lot like Monarch. Nothing about them is intimidating which instantly makes your confidence level go up.
Good to know. Both these places are on my list.
Regarding Monarch, I agree that there is tons of stuff on that mountain that is non-threatening but fun (I love Sheer Rock O and High Anxiety), but Staircase is surprisingly legit. After getting in there, I was kicking myself for all the times I hiked up there just to drop in Mirkwood, Orcs, Elation Ridge, etc.