Kleiner Beil (center with Großer Beil to the left) as seen from Lämpersberg ascent
Kleiner Beil, the little brother of Großer Beil
sits on the connecting ridge Lämpersberg
– Großer Beil, which offers a nice traverse of these summits; this is, in my opinion, the main reason of visiting Kleiner Beil.
Kleiner Beil is a long rock and meadow ridge, the northern end, which drops about 100 m down to a notch between Lämpersberg and our summit, bearing the summit cross, the southern end is called sometimes Seekopf
, in my opinion not a summit of its own: it is only 30 m higher than the connecting notch to Großer Beil.
Two other route opportunities can be recommended:
The east ridge
from the summit to Seefeldalm is an easy, unmarked footpath with some scrambling and a nice alternative if you come from Lämpersberg and don´t want to do the whole traverse to Großer Beil to return to Schönangeralm.
The only ski route to Kleiner Beil from Inneralpbach via Stadelkehralm is for sure one of the more lonely ski routes within Kitzbüheler Alps.
Main trailheads for Kleiner Beil are:
The general accesses to the valleys are described on the Kitzbüheler Alpen main page
by train and bus
Kleiner Beil and Großer Beil behind as seen from Lämpersberg summit Kleiner Beil and, behind, Lämpersberg as seen from Großer Beil
Please note that the frequency of these busses per day is not very high (about once every hour).
Routes Overview Lämpersberg and Kleiner Beil
On the trail down to Schönanger Alm with Feldalphorn and Schwaiberghorn East slopes and east ridge of Kleiner Beil
Schönangeralm – Farnkaseralm – Seefeldalm – direct ascent via the unmarked east ridge (narrow trail) to the summit.
Traverse Lämpersberg – Kleiner Beil – Seekopf – Großer Beil.
For the routes to Lämpersberg
and Großer Beil
see these pages.
On the east ridge of Kleiner Beil Kleiner Beil north ridge; on the right hand the ski slopes to Alpbach valley
Inneralpbach – Stadelkehralm – west slopes of Kleiner Beil to summit
Red Tape & Accommodation
Traverse to Großer Beil as seen from Kleiner Beil
There are no restrictions or regulations, as far as I know.
Parking is free within the marked areas.
at the end of Wildschönau valley is a mountain inn with a genuine cheese dairy in summer - don´t miss that!
Gear & Mountain Condition
Kleiner Beil is an all - season mountain
In the hiking season you need full hiking gear and good shoes.
The unmarked east ridge from Seefeldalm and the traverse Lämpersberg - Großer Beil do need some easy rock scramble.
The traverses Lämpersberg - Großer Beil do need some easy rock scramble, too, and, with low visibility, a knack for orientation.
The ski route from Inneralpbach is rather steep and more demanding as those of neighbouring Lämpersberg. Full ski and avalanche gear is required.
Check the Tirol avalanche bulletin here.
Kleiner Beil summit with the traverse to Großer Beil Summit view with Schafsiedel range in the foreground and Großglockner group in the background
Maps & Guide Books
Ascent on the north ridge to Kleiner Beil
Available only antiquarian but an indispensable mountain guide book: