A TREK to the top of Mt Warning went terribly wrong for a Gold Coastwoman who broke her leg climbing the mountain on Saturday morning.
The woman, in her 50s, caught her foot in a tree root and fell awkwardly about 2.5kms up the popular 4.5km tourist trail and needed to be airlifted out.
She was evacuated to Tweed Heads Hospital in a stable condition on Saturday afternoon.
NSW Ambulance duty officer Inspector Glen Eady said standard operational procedures for Mt Warning incidents were initiated, with two ambulances and a duty officer dispatched to the base of the mountain shortly after the emergency call was received about 10.30am.
Ambulance paramedics from Murwillumbah and members of the Brunswick Valley Volunteer Rescue Association hiked in with medical equipment and a stretcher to assist the woman.
They attempted to bring her down on foot, but slippery conditions due to wet weather made the rescue attempt treacherous.
After the two-hour attempt failed, rescue workers decided to relay the woman to one of four helicopter winching platforms installed along the trail.
They estimated it would havetaken a further three to four hours to extract the woman on foot.