I arrived at Mahogany Flat midday, set up camp after scoring the only available site. Late afternoon until dusk I took my pickax and shovel up the trail performing maintenance, clearing larger rocks and debris and level out some rough spots from the trailhead to lower east side of Rogers Peak. It was a lovely afternoon and evening.
To my surprise in the middle of the night, I was awoken by raindrops as I slept in my hammock. Due to cold, damp and windy weather, I took my time not setting out until late morning after most campers had departed for home after the holiday. I only encountered four others on the trail.
The Celestron Powerseeker Telescope weighs 22 lbs of which ten pounds is the counterweight. I don't know how much my total backpack weighed with rain gear, water, food, stuff, and the scope but it was much more than I'm used to day-hiking with. In a way, it was good that it was cold because I did not have to take as much water as if it were sunny and hot.
I was hoping to score some cool day shots with the telescope but it was too cloudy, gray, and smokey from the two major California Sierra fires burning in the west. The novelty of the affair was fun and crazy. Did any of you know that one can see the Charcoal Kilns from the north end of Mahogany Flat? They look really cool in the later afternoon sunlight shining up the canyon.
I summited via the standard trail but returned skirting below and around Rogers Peak and down the service road. The views improved and weather opened up as I descended. I was not prepared to sleep overnight on the summit in hope of using the telescope.
Here's a 2.5-minute video of the day. Actually some of the images were shot the afternoon before while I rested from the trail work.