FRESNO COUNTY (CBS / AP) — Authorities say one of two hikers missing in California’s Sierra Nevada has been found safe.

Fresno County officials say Matthew Hanson was found by rescue crews around 3:30 p.m. Monday.

Search teams had been looking for the 52-year-old Visalia man after he left on a backpacking trip on Oct. 16 and had failed to return, as expected, on Thursday.

Hanson was found near Cathedral Lake, an alpine lake at an elevation of nearly 11,000 feet.

Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims said Hanson was able to walk to his rescuers and appears to be in relatively good condition.

Meanwhile, the search continues for another hiker who remains missing in the Sierra.

Officials say Larry Conn, a 53-year-old Pacific Palisades man, left on what was supposed to be a three-day backpacking trip in Inyo National Forest on Oct. 19, but never emerged from the wilderness.

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