It was a tragic ending to a more-than-20-hour search-and-rescue operation in Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park.
The park is located about 120 kilometres east of Vancouver and 10 km from the U.S. border.
Doug Fraser of Chilliwack Search and Rescue says air support spotted the man's body in a boulder field far from any trail and that he appears to have died from a fall.
The young man's friends say he had run ahead during a hike (near Lindeman Lake) but that he hadn't shown up by early afternoon on Friday.
The hiker's name has not been released.