Forget the trail mix, head to one of the best bakeries right in the park
Nobody wants your homemade gorp for a snack, so head to The Trails Café, a tiny bakery in a shack that turns out some tasty pastries, sandwiches, and snacks perfect for a hike to the Observatory. Sip on Stumptown coffee, grab a cheddar chive scone, or better yet, a hot dog on a stick wrapped in puff pastry, then start your hike. Or, you could have a slice of that freshly baked pie.
You can go to a star party at the Observatory
No, not some awards-season-celeb-debauchery fest. On one Saturday night each month (check the dates), the Observatory hosts free public star parties where you can peer at celestial bodies through the telescopes of amateur astronomers. Okay, maybe that does sound like a bit of debauchery.
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Danny Jensen is a regular Thrillist contributor and can be found at the Observatory trying to spot dragons with the telescopes. Haunt him on Twitter and Instagram.