Montana Secondary Highway 424

Coldwater Creek Ranch is located roughly halfway between Whitefish and Kalispell, Montana off Secondary Highway 424 (S-424). The ranch is reached via a fictional road called Coldwater Trail that leads through a fictional gap or pass to the fictional meadows, valleys and mountain regions of Coldwater Creek Ranch.

Highway 424, Flathead County, MT

Location: Flathead County, MT USA

Length: 17.108 miles (27.533 km)

Existed: 1930s to present

Secondary Highway 424 (S-424), also known as Three Mile Drive and Farm to Market Road, is a 17.108 mile-long (27.533 km) secondary state highway in Flathead County, Montana, connecting northwestern Kalispell to U.S. Route 93 (US 93) west of Whitefish.

S-424 begins at the junction of North Meridian Road and Three Mile Drive in Kalispell, just south of US 93 and just north of US 2. It follows Three Mile Drive west past the Kalispell Middle School to an interchange with the new US 93 Alternate before curving north and west as Farm to Market Road (subsuming sections of Springcreek Road and Four Mile Drive). S-424 proceeds mostly north from here, passing the West Valley Elementary School at the intersection with S-548, entering a forested area, going north on Lodgepole Road and then going east and north on Twin Bridges Road to its northern terminus at US 93 west of Whitefish, near Spencer Lake.

S-424 passes through mostly rural and forest landscape between Kalispell and Whitefish and wildlife crossings should be expected at all times as animals search for food and water. S-424 is a paved two-lane road throughout. In the state road log, S-424 is a combined urban and secondary route, but is only currently signed outside the Kalispell city limits. Corridor C000424 comprises U-6706 (Three Mile Drive/Farm to Market Road) and S-424.

Some map products still show the original S-424 routing, which continued on Farm to Market Road to the west terminus of, and including the entirety of, Twin Bridges Road. This routing provided access to Tally Lake Road and various U.S. Forest Service sites therein. The section of Farm to Market between Tally Lake and Twin Bridges Roads, even though paved, is much narrower and has more sudden curves than is preferred for modern driving. This prompted the route shift to Lodgepole Road between Farm to Market and Twin Bridges Roads. Lodgepole Road is a much wider county road built in 1956, and improved to paved state highway standards in 2003 expressly for this purpose.

Farm to Market Road continues north, providing access to the Twin Lakes area before intersecting with US 93 north of milepost 139.