The girlfriend's parents winter in Mesa so we're always looking for something in the area. This along with EJ get you away from any crowds and offer up some exercise before the pool on a down day. Both routes are straight forward but may take a little poking around on braided, sandy roads for the user trail.
I barged up the sandy east slopes from the saddle, which worked but was loose. Found the path which I followed down. Nice hike, nice views from the top.
I hiked Usery Pass Benchmark all alone. There was nobody else around. I was relieved to find a good summit trail.