The answer lies at the end of your arm - that short, stubby appendege that separates us from the rest of the animal kingdom. A congenial smile and pleasant attitude will also help get you out of Hecla within minutes. From Hecla, and particularly Stone Bridge, are about the easiest shuttle hitches around. Carry a PFD or paddle and you'll soon be making new friends for the 15 minutes back to the put-in.
If you're launching in the afternoon, consider running your shuttle first so its at the takeout when you get there at 8 pm. For a morning launch you'll have no trouble getting a ride back to Hecla so it makes beating the trains with an early start that much easier. By the time you get there, the oufitters will often give you rides back with the group and can be a fun time back if the guides are lively. Offering to help toss boats onto the outfitter's trailer is often appreciated should help getting a ride on the Bluebird.
The ease of this particular shuttle (rivaled by Glenwood Canyon) makes a last-minute decision to say, "screw it, I'm going boating - now!" easy...
Maybe we'll share the back of a pickup some day.
Have fun and remember to pass the favor on next time you're behind the wheel!
Speaking of those bronzed riparian gods....
Q - how can you tell if someone's a professional river guide?
A - They'll tell you.