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Kevin Hoagland

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Prospecting for Gold

Understanding how to prospect for gold is your key to success. There are time tested, proven methods to prospecting that members are learning with each Gold Trails event.

By being a part of any Gold Trails event you will leave with the experience and knowledge that you can take with you to use anywhere, no matter where your prospecting takes you. From water prospecting to deserts, gold doesn’t care where it is, you just have to know how to find it. And that is the core of Kevin’s Gold Trails.  

Gold Trails Event at Italian Bar CA

Gold Trails Event at Italian Bar CA

Regular price$300.00

Join Kevin Hoagland for a 3-day gold prospecting & educational experience at the Italian Bar LDMA Camp in the heart of the California Motherlode.


No RV or Trailer, no problem... There is a hotel up the hill from Italian Bar in the historic town of Columbia. There are also several hotel options a little further in Sonora.

Each day will include both a classroom setting as well as in-the-field training. These events will cover all aspects of prospecting for gold, including wet, dry, electronic, etc.

*Non-Member Registration will include a basic GPAA Annual Membership

For more information on the Italian Bar LDMA Camp, click here.

Further event details to be sent after sign up.

A word from Kevin Hoagland:

"Gold Trails is more than a chance for me to get out and on some gold with members. For me, Gold Trails is a passion project to fulfill a promise I made to the Buzzard in sharing knowledge with Prospectors and Miners at any level of expertise.  

In 2023, I traveled the western states and worked with over 1000 Members. In all my travels, I realized that something was missing -- more time. More time to share with each member the principles and processes that I have been using and honing for decades.  

That is why I wanted to host Gold Trails events in one location, create a workbook, and include a third day."

GOLD TRAILS at LDMA's Italian Bar Camp

Experience the wonders of LMDA Italian Bar Camp, a captivating destination for gold panning along the Stanislaus River. Italian Bar is nestled six miles north of Sonora and within close proximity to the restored 1851 gold rush town of Columbia on the South Fork of the Stanislaus River.

Customer Reviews

Based on 32 reviews
D. (Santa Ana, US)

So much fun

S.S. (Peoria, US)
My first nugget!

I showed up on day 2 never having found a nugget yet. After much guidance from Kevin and just learning how to use my machine properly I found my first gold nugget! Such an exhilarating amazing experience I’ll never forget! Met some really cool people as well!

Dale W. (Los Angeles, US)
Best Event I have Attended

I want to extend a great Thank you to Kevin and staff involved. I basically attended a master class in prospecting and enjoyed it so much I stayed for a second event. The members that attended were all enthusiastic and super friendly. I will recommend this program to any member I meet and have already encouraged people to attend.
Thanks, Dale Warren

Jeff S. (San Diego, US)
I did not attend this meet-up I will be at the next one

Wasn't there

Stephen J.
Vulture bait with Kevin Hogan

What an excellent opportunity to work with Kevin and Bill the help that they gave and was able to give was extremely helpful in being more successful with the different types of metal detectors overall just a great time


Kevin, with over half a century of global experience, is a seasoned prospector and miner. Recognizing the value of education over mere execution early in his career, he committed himself to this mission. His dedication to training has played a pivotal role in the success of numerous gold prospectors and mining operations. His belief remains steadfast: Anyone with a desire to thrive in the gold industry should be equipped with the necessary knowledge.

These events are open to all. Note that non-member pricing includes a basic GPAA Annual Membership.

Don’t forget your basics…. Bucket, pan, shovel, scoop, crevice tools or picks, classifier and a snuffer bottle. If you're looking for further education on using a sluice box or even a Gold Rush Nugget Bucket, head up to the Mining Equipment tab at gpaastore.com and stock up.

When registering for a Gold Trails event at an LDMA property, dry campsites are included with registration. *note: separate registration is still required for everyone in your rig who is participating in the event.

Absolutely, gold has no idea where it is and the force that moves it. Prospecting and then mining is truly about learning how to see, not look at the ground differently. The knowledge Kevin will be sharing has been used in his prospecting worldwide.

Call (800) 551-9707 for info

Have some fun and
Find Some Gold

Kevin has been prospecting for gold since his childhood. With decades of experience perfecting the craft, he knows all the tips and tricks to strike a rich deposit and make it count. If you want to learn from one of the best, go out on the gold trail with Kevin and benefit from his years of hard-earned wisdom.