To reach Francis Lake follow the trail signs towards Dorothy Lake, then toward Kenneth Lake and finally Francis Lake.
From Francis Lake, follow the drainage to the last water in a marshy area. Go right (west) and climb 300 ft. of gain up the ridge with the tiny trees on the right side of the boulder-filled drainage. On the ridge top (11580') at the last trees, hang a left (SW) and follow that ridge up another 300-400 ft of altitude then sort of contour up to the saddle on the final ridge on the right (W) just south of point 12352.
Fortunately some campers at Francis lake told us this way to avoid much of the boulder hopping we would have done if we continued straight on up the drainage.