We arrived in Albuquerque at 1 pm, checked into our hotel and we left the trailhead at 2 pm. It was a little bit warm (upper 80's) but not for us coming from Phoenix...it was a beautiful day. The second time we have hiked La Luz, and we enjoyed it greatly the first time 6 years ago. Another motive for this hike was training for our goal of hiking Pikes Peak in several days. La Luz is a nice well maintained trail even though it has quite a few rock fields at near the top from past slides. This does slow you down a bit...and be careful not to twist an ankle. The trail isn't what we would consider steep, but a steady climb to over 10,000 is a good workout, especially coming from low land Phoenix. We also like this trail as we can take the Tram down, a different view, saving time, but also saving our knees and joints. We had a nice meal at the High Finance restaurant at sunset. We did mange to get a ride back to the trail-head (a 3 mi hike) which we are told is generally easy. There were also several taxis at the bottom probably for the same reason as hiking in the dark is a bit tougher even though we did have our headlights. An all round good experience and highly recommended.
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