At a bare 1,000' Oxford Mountain is the lowest mountain on the NJ1K list, but presents more hiking challenges than mountains hundreds of feet taller.
Oxford Mountain's forests are among the thickest to be found. Vast sections of woods are overgrown with pricker bushes and dense trees. Other sections of forest are extremely rocky. Woods roads are few and far between, dissolve back into the woods, and do not lead to the true summit area.
The southwestern subsummit, Hill 888 (aka, "The Mount of Thorns") lacks any view, but the true summit has obstructed views to the northeast of County House Mountain.
Parked at N 40 48.769 W 074 58.265, and took the woods road up, bearing right at the 2nd split (the first one rejoins in about 200 yards), following it until about .25 mi from the summit, before bushwhacking the rest of the way. Once there, went in a straight line down the steep side before ascending back up toward County House. While there wasn't much overall distance, this one had a high degree of whacking difficulty due to stickers and steepness on the way to the 2nd summit.
After climbing County House headed towards Oxford but lost sense of direction and got turned around. So easy in the woods. Checked compass bearing and set course for sw. Reached col of Sykes gap after quite steep decline and terrain becoming very rocky. Quite different from County House. Climbed quite steeply to Oxford through prickles. Happy to be doing this in Jan. From the peak could see back to County House peek. Returned to Sykes Gap and followed quite a wide woods road back down to Axford Ave about half mile from where I started. This would have been an easier starting point.
Used parking area off Axford Rd (parking for Wildlife Management Area). Hiked total of 3 miles round-trip for loop first up County House Mountain, then to Oxford Mountain, and then back to parking area. Thorns and brush wasn't too bad. Third of five peaks for the day.