The true summit of County House Mountain lies on private property, though the summit ridge is part of the Pequest Wildlife Management Area.
This one was tough. After leaving the summit of Oxford I descended into Sykes Gap, not taking the most direct route as it looked steep but regardless it was rocky and steep. Towards the bottom of the gap was some of the thickest brush I have encountered despite it being winter. It was slow going but I made my way across the gap and started bushwhacking up to County House. The initial ascent went ok but when the terrain levels off just before the final ascent up to the mountain there were a ton of briars. I was able to navigate through but it took more time and patience to make sure I didn’t get caught with thorns, especially in the face. Once I finally got through I went up as far as the posted signs mentioned by others. I turned around and tried a different route back to the car by completely avoiding Sykes Gap and heading straight for the woods road I was on before.
Climbed from parking turnout (N40.81484° W74.96831°) and started up to Oxford Mountain first. Made it up in about 1/2 hour. Set a course straight across to the summit of County House Mountain and went down Oxford and up County House. This was doable but was difficult. Rocky areas, some a bit on the steep side. Leaves covering rocks, roots, depressions. Overall distance 2.6 miles, with 902 of elevation gain. Went as far as the no trespassing signs on County House Mountain. Slow going. Overall speed 1.1 mph due to sketchy terrain. In the end, all good.
Parked at the pull-off on Axford Avenue and went directly (more or less) toward the summit. Went as far as the No Trespassing signs.
I miss winter! It was in the low 80s today. Covered up to protect myself from the multiflora rose and barberry. Not too bad. Left doggies home today. Although the walk was only a mile and a half, it was bushwhacking the entire way.
Parked at N 40 48.769 W 074 58.265, and from here you can take the woods road and bear left at the two splits, which will take you relatively close to the summit. In our case, we did Oxford first, and then straight-line whacked to CH before taking the woods road back out. We got about 250' from the summit before turning away at the posted signs, as it's not quite like failing that close to the top of Everest. If you do this solo, it would be supremely easy, but combining it with Oxford and the subsequent whack it was a bit nasty with tons of rocks and stickers.