am looking for any suggestions that might be passable/attainable end of June/ first week of July.
As I have no clue about the current melt/rivers/etc... Any suggestions are appreciated!
Rivers are very high and there is lots of snow. So one good area to explore would be Waterton
. You have never been there, you can car-camp and then there are many great hikes you can do with luxury of day pack. It is considerably drier compared to Icefields that will still be choked. You can fly into YYC, get a car, drive down (~3hrs) and setup camp all on 1st day.
Second area you have also never been to is David Thompson
corridor. This has eastern exposure so will be in shape. There are campgrounds along, there is Nordegg with supplies and even hostel, and there is also published hiking guidebook with many ideas.
Third area to explore is Ya-Ha-Tinda
; eastern BNP. It will be dry, it is very beautiful and very much off the radar still. There are couple of campgrounds for car camping. And if you still insist on multi-day backpacks you could venture up Red Deer river, or even better Clearwater River valley. 1-way traverse from Ya-Ha-Tinda to Lake Minnewanka is possible following Cascade FR & this is along your preferred valley floor walk trip style, but there is huge car problem
All of these are away from Kananaskis/Banff/Jasper core areas that will be choked by Calgary/Edmonton crowds so there is also more solitude. You can also have a look at my website, there are tons of trips, categorized by area here
If you need more, contact me directly or start separate thread; this is for condition updates thread, not for hiking suggestions