Jon and I woke up early on September 6 2005 to clear skies and started up the trail to Hidden Lake and the slopes of Pika Peak. Pika is the most difficult of the 'Kane' Skoki scrambles and we both wondered what we were in for! We were a bit stiff from scrambling Richardson and Ptarmigan the day before but after 20 minutes on the trail we were starting to warm up.
Once we got to Hidden Lake we briefly considered going partly around the lake before heading up to Pika but quickly dismissed this notion because we didn't know if there was a path through the cliff bands between Ptarmigan and Pika. Good thing we made this choice! We chose the upper side slope between Ptarmigan and Pika and actually followed a faint trail most of the way. We stayed up high, near the base of the cliffs and it always seemed to work out. The scree was frozen solid which made some of the traverses interesting.
Eventually we made it to the Richardson / Pika col and started up the 'tough stuff'. It really wasn't that bad at all - I would rate it as moderate / difficult. Near the top it was quite exposed and with some light dustings of snow we had to be very careful but again nothing you wouldn't expect on a difficult scramble. The views were absolutely stunning in every direction under the clear morning skies and we stayed at the summit for an extra few minutes just soaking it all in.
My favorite Skoki scramble, I highly recommend Pika Peak.