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Rescued Folsom hiker reported in good spirits at Fresno hospital

A Folsom woman is reported gaining strength after being injured and spending nine days lost in the Sierra National Forest.

Searchers with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office found Miyuki Harwood, 62, on Saturday in an area east of Courtright Reservoir. She went missing after becoming separated from her Sierra Club hiking group. Her companions last saw her about 1 p.m. Aug. 20 on a trail near Horsehead Lake.

Officials said she survived on water alone, crawling down to a lake and scooping water into a bottle that had a filter on it.

The Sheriff’s Office released a statement on Monday from a family spokesperson: “Miyuki is doing very well and is in good spirits. She is much stronger now than she was on Saturday, but still has a long way to go in her recovery.”

Sheriff’s officials said members of the search and rescue team plan to meet privately with Harwood later this week to learn more about her experience.

Harwood was known for hiking alone and was described by friends as a knowledgeable and experienced backpacker. When she heard rescuers in the area Saturday, she blew a whistle to get their attention, sheriff’s officials said. She was taken by helicopter from the area to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno.

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