I am planning a backpacking trip in Banff, Yoho and Jasper national parks and am arriving to Banff on June 24th, and want to move out of the hostel into my first trail on the 26th. My general time frame for the entire Rockies area in about 3 weeks, and I am very flexible.
Due to the fact that I have a limited budget, I can only take hikes that are accessible via public transport or on foot (no car). Also, this will be my first major backpacking hiking trip so I could really use any information you could provide or advance preparations that are necessary. I feel that I am in good enough shape to tackle the intermediate trails, and perhaps some of the more "sane" difficult ones.
Also, I would highly appreciate you assistance with the following:
1. What trails would you recommend in each of these parks that are accessible via public transport or walking?
2. could you help in plotting a general recommended route to include must see places in the parks, recommended trails and sleeping arrangements (interested in campsites or hostels)?
3. To the best of your knowledge, what do I need to reserve in advance with regard to brewster drives, wilderness passes and campsites? I am finding it difficult to per-plan since I want to have flexibility to change my plans during my stay
4. I am very interested in going on the sawback trail. What preparations need to be made for it? Where can I find information on what service are provided by the campgrounds on the trail in order to figure out what supplies to brings?