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Freya Castle
Freya Castle and Vishnu Temple.jpg
North aspect, from Angels Window Overlook
(Vishnu Temple upper right)
Highest point
Elevation 7,288 ft (2,221 m)
Prominence 688 ft (210 m)
Isolation 1.42 mi (2.29 km)
Parent peak Wotans Throne (7,740 ft)
Geography
Location Grand Canyon National Park
Coconino County, Arizona, US
Parent range Kaibab Plateau
Colorado Plateau
Topo map USGS Cape Royal
Type of rock Coconino Sandstone
Climbing
First ascent 1962
Easiest route class 4 climbing

Freya Castle is a 7,288-foot-elevation (2,221 meter) summit located in the Grand Canyon, in Coconino County of northern Arizona, USA. It is situated one mile southeast of the Cape Royal overlook on the canyon's North Rim, 1.5 mile north of Vishnu Temple, and 1.7 mile northeast of Wotans Throne. Topographic relief is significant as it rises 3,400 feet (1,036 meters) above the Unkar Valley in one mile.

Freya Castle is named for Freya, the Norse goddess of love, beauty, fertility, war, and gold. This name was applied by geologist François E. Matthes, in keeping with Clarence Dutton's practice of naming geographical features in the Grand Canyon after mythological deities. This geographical feature's name was officially adopted in 1906 by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names.

The first ascent of the summit was made by Harvey Butchart and Allyn Cureton on June 24, 1962. According to the Köppen climate classification system, Freya Castle is located in a Cold semi-arid climate zone.

Geology

The summit of Freya Castle is composed of cream-colored Permian Coconino Sandstone. The sandstone, which is the third-youngest of the strata in the Grand Canyon, was deposited 265 million years ago as sand dunes. Below the Coconino Sandstone is soft, slope-forming, Permian Hermit Shale, which in turn overlays the Permian-Pennsylvanian- Supai Group. Further down are strata of Mississippian Redwall Limestone, Cambrian Tonto Group, and finally Proterozoic Unkar Group at creek level. Precipitation runoff from Freya Castle drains south into the Colorado River via Vishnu Creek on its west side, and Unkar Creek on the east side.

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