It's chaseable if anyone is in the area, and Pike Creek is a beautiful place to spend a morning. The access is about 2 miles north of Alvord Hot Springs along East Steens Road. Park next to the sign, walk half a mile up the BLM road to reach the canyon mouth, then follow the trail as it crosses the creek and starts to climb an old roadbed on the south side of the canyon. The bunting was singing constantly in 90-degree heat at midday, just downstream from the rocks framing the canyon entrance, in the tops of cottonwoods along the creek. We had nice views from the trail just below the hiker check-in box.
**A note about accessing Pike Creek: The canyon itself is BLM property, but the road up to it crosses half a mile of ranchland. The ranch owners have recently placed large boulders blocking all possible parking spots along the BLM access road, and built their own, parallel road to the Pike Creek Canyon trailhead with a locked gate. You can stop at Alvord Hot Springs and pay $5 for the gate combination to drive that half mile on the ranch's road, or walk it for free along the traditional BLM access. Either way, the trail continues up scenic Pike Creek Canyon for several miles, stuffed with Chukars, Canyon Wrens, and other goodies.