Hibriten Mountain is 1000ft higher than the surrounding terrain. To get to the top one can hike along a private gravel road that is 2.5 miles long. It is essentially a long up hill climb the entire way - the upside being its a downward walk the entire way back. The reward (besides being able to say I climbed a mountain today) are some absolutely amazing views of Lenoir and the surrounding area.
Just before I started back down I ran into a hiking club that came up the mountain to see the sunset. I talked with them for a bit, posed for some pictures, and hiked down with the group. It was an interesting experience that I didn't expect - meeting 15 people, some of who recognized me from about town, on the top of a mountain. It was kinda cool :)
If you have been reading my blog you may have guessed that there is a geocache at the top of the mountain, and you would be correct in assuming that was part of my motivation for doing this hike. Unfortunately I didn't find it, but in my defense I only had 10 minutes of daylight once I hit the summit. This was a fun hike, and very close to home so I plan on returning many times more to walk the dogs, and to find that freakin' cache!