A woman has plunged up to 40m to her death while hiking a popular trail in the Blue Mountains.
The woman, 33, had travelled from Sydney with five friends to go bushwalking for the day and was hiking the Mount Solitary trail near Katoomba.
Emergency services were called about 2.15pm on Sunday and launched a rescue operation after eye witnesses reported seeing the woman fall up to 40m.
A woman has fallen up to 40m to her death while hiking in the Blue Mountains on Sunday (pictured: the Toll air ambulance at the scene)
Officers from Blue Mountains Police Area Command, Police Rescue, and PolAir responded along with NSW Ambulance and the Toll helicopter.
A paramedic was winched to the patient but she could not be revived, a police spokeswoman said.
A rescue operation in the tricky terrain to recover the body was completed late on Sunday afternoon.
A report will be prepared for the coroner.
Emergency services rushed to Mount Solitary about 2.15pm on Sunday (pictured)