The pass was originally the site of an Imperial fort that was taken over by the Akaviri during the Akaviri Invasion of 1E 2703. However, the war ended and supplies never reached them. To reach the garrison itself, travelers had to travel up the Grey Ridge.
The pass is also host to its own type of Ogre, the Pale Pass Ogre Stonewrecker.
In 4E 201, the Pale Pass was closed due to avalanches in the mountains. This prevented Imperial reinforcements from helping to secure Falkreath Hold under Imperial control during the Stormcloak Rebellion.