For a different take on Bass Lake history, read Hells Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs by Hunter S. Thompson. A good read on the Wild Western.
This is awesome - you have to do it - so much information about the city - it really has an amazing history.
14 000 ft! DO IT! It may seem like a lot of money at the time but it is worth every cent! Make sure you buy the video so you can prove it to all of your friends!