Welcome to Issaquah, a charming town of 26,320 residents with turn-of-the century origins. Issaquah is located 17 miles east of Seattle, nestled at the south end of Lake Sammamish and surrounded on three sides by the Issaquah Alps (Cougar, Squak, and Tiger Mountains).
Originally a small mining town, Issaquah was incorporated in 1892 as Gilman, Washington, and as people discovered Issaquah’s charm and amenities, the population steadily grew over the years. The town eventually became Issaquah, which is an Anglicized word for a local Native American name meaning "the sound of birds."
Lovely neighborhoods in the surrounding hills have blossomed with many housing options. With many local celebrations and a beautiful natural setting, Issaquah has become quite a popular stop for visitors either as a destination point or as a stop-over as they travel to the mountains for skiing, hiking, and biking.
Issaquah is home to many parks and trails, including Cougar Mountain Zoo, which offers a special Reindeer Festival in December. For the adventurous, there is paragliding off Poo Poo Point. Lake Sammamish and surrounding parks offer many water sports and beautiful waterfront properties.