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Welcome to Issaquah
New to Town
Issaquah is a wonderful community to work in! Nicknamed Trailhead City and centered within the Issaquah Alps (a name given to the grouping of Grand Ridge along Cougar, Squak and Tiger mountains), Issaquah is a destination for countless outdoor enthusiasts, including hikers and paragliders.
In town, Issaquah features a Saturday farmers market from May-Sept., a nationally-recognized theater, a summer Concerts on the Green series, seasonal ArtWalk, and so many more activities.
In addition, the historic salmon hatchery and Cougar Mountain Zoological Park attract regional visitors.
Every October, more than 150,000 people also visit Issaquah for the annual Salmon Days.
Looking for ideas on things to do in the local area? The Washington State Tourism Board has you covered with a series of day trips!
On our Issaquah streets, you can find many different kinds of bicycle infrastructure, all of which are aimed towards helping people who ride bikes to get around our city safely and efficiently.
Learn more about being a cyclist in Issaquah.
Issaquah has two major transit centers — Sound Transit's Issaquah Transit Center and King County Metro Transit's Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride.
Issaquah is served by routes that can take you directly to downtown Seattle, downtown Bellevue, First Hill, University District, Northgate, Overlake and Sammamish. Express buses will get you to downtown Bellevue in 20 minutes and downtown Seattle in 30 minutes. Learn more.
With more than 200 miles of trails, over 60 trailheads and 1,300 acres of open space in our backyard, it’s easy to see why Issaquah is nicknamed Trailhead City.
Explore our trails page to see resources to make the most of our recreational amenities.
Want to give back to your new community? Issaquah has numerous non-profits and organizations whose goal is to improve our City and the lives of those living and working here. See our list of local organizations who have potential volunteer opportunities.
The Green Issaquah Partnership is a collaborative effort between the City of Issaquah, Forterra, community groups, nonprofits, schools, businesses and hundreds of volunteers to restore and maintain our forested parks and open spaces.
Interested in taking part? Learn more here.
Volunteer with the City
There's volunteer opportunities everywhere with the City! From assisting with the Farmers Market during the summer, to Parks events, to serving on a board or commission if you are also a resident. Learn more.