Might be good to attach this page to http://www.summitpost.org/sandia-peak/151423 also? Cheers.
I just want to share a trip report I wrote describing my hike on the La Luz Trail. I included a bunch of pictures and maps. Here is the link: https://backpackersreview.wordpress.com/trip-reports/la-luz-trail/
During the two-plus weeks of the Albuquerque Int'l Balloon Fiesta, most of the area is a total mob scene. MOB. SCENE. La Luz isn't going to be as crowded as the trails at the top of the Crest, but still, a lot more traffic than normal. And forget about the cable car or restaurant. Yikes!
I learned this last year; don't repeat my mistake. :(
Thanks for the warning! I will be in ABQ for the balloon fiesta this weekend, and was girding for crowds... but this does temper my expectations.