Montebello Fish Hatchery to Crabtree Falls

8.1 miles, moderate terrain
64 miles from Roanoke, $6.00 carpool fee

This hike starts at the Montebello Fish hatchery in Nelson County. The hike starts with a steady climb up an old fire road. At 1.0 miles it intersects the AT. The hike will then head north on the AT. After a half mile we will reach Spy Rock. Spy Rock is a granite dome with great, 360 degree, views of the Priest Wilderness area and other surrounding mountains. It requires some rock scrambling to get to the top. The hike will continue on the A.T. for another three miles to the intersection with the Crab Tree Falls trail. At 1,200 feet this falls is the highest east of the Mississippi. We will descend along the falls trail back to the parking lot.