Paleo peak has a prominence of 990 meters.
Getting TherePaleo Peak is accessed from Smithers BC. From Highway 16. Follow the Hudson Bay Mountain ski hill signs until on the Hudson Bay Mountain Road. Travel the HBM road until the fork located around 15 km from the start of the road and then turn left onto the McDonnell Lake Forest Service road. Turn right onto the Mulvain Forest Road at the junction above McDonnell Lake. Continue until just past the 55 km sign and turn onto a small spur road to almost the end. Just before the landing on the left (north)side of the road there is a flagged route.
Follow the flagging to the alpine. This is not a trail but a flagged route expect some bushwacking. Some poor flagging continues to the left (northwesterly) until a basin is reached. Above the basin is a remnant glacier and headwall. The headwall separates Pale Peak with Coal Crag (a rock tower).
Red TapeNo red tape involved. The peak is not in a park. It is within the Provincial Forest but permits are not required.
CampingThere are no designated campsites in this area. This peak can be done as a long day from the road. Camping is wilderness. Fires may not be permitted during certain times during the summer. A good level campsite near water is located approximately 3.5 km in. This campsite provides a good base for any of the routes.
There are three different routes to the summit.
Route 1 - Northwest glacier - Alpine II (class 3 scramble to peak)
Route 2 - Ridge - unknown but suspect 4th class scrambling.
Route 3 - Ridge - northeast glacier - Alpine II (class 3 scramble to peak)